The Aces have won five in a row, and tonight they attempt to stretch their streak to six against the Big Train. The division rivals meet in a crucial match up, with the Aces sitting 3 games behind the Big Train for the lead in the South. The teams will also meet again on Monday, meaning that these games could determine the winner of the division. The Big Train currently lead the season series with wins on June 25 and July 3, while the Aces won on June 15.
Yesterday, the Aces put 13 runs on the board for the second night in a row, once again matching their season high — they also did it on June 8 against the Express. The offensive outburst was highlighted by a Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State) two-run home run in the third inning, which brought the Aces all the way back from a three-run deficit and put them on top for good. Every Aces starter had a hit — in fact, all but two had multiple hits. Hulsizer and Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) set the pace with three hits apiece. The Aces have five regulars — Hulsizer, McArthur, Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State), Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb), and Mike Annone (Wilmington) — with batting averages at .299 or higher.
AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State) threw four innings and allowed three runs on four hits and five walks. Evan Acosta (Western Kentucky U.) was stellar in relief, pitching three innings of one-hit ball.
Tonight, the Aces send D.C. native Jimmy Swad (Georgetown – 1-1, 3.29 ERA) to the mound. Swad has been one of the team’s best starters, consistently going deep into games — only twice has he not gone six innings — and giving up no more than four runs in a start. He faced the Big Train on June 25, taking a no-decision in a six-inning outing in which he allowed two runs on four hits. The Big Train will send up Logan Gilbert, who is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA.
Author: Carolina Velloso
The Alexandria Aces continued their surge down the stretch as they dispatched the Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts 13-5 Friday night at Frank Mann Field. Alexandria (21-13) plated 13 runs for the second night in a row as they supplied more than enough fire power to take down the T-Bolts (18-13).
With the win, Alexandria continues to maintain a firm grip on the number two position in the Cal Ripken Summer League, though the Aces are still at the minimum three games behind the Bethesda Big Train for the number one spot in the Division. The Aces attack at the plate was led by Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State) who knocked in four runs with a single and a big two run homerun to center field. Hulszier has showcased his power recently after it had escaped him early on in the season. Hulsizer, along with Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) led the offensive onslaught with three hits apiece. The Aces scattered the ball all around the field with 18 hits on the night.
Seven of nine Alexandria Aces recorded multi-hit games and every Ace had at least one base knock in what was their most impressive offensive performance in recent memory. Another notable stat line for this game was Mike Annone (Wilmington U) who not only recorded his team leading 24th and 25th RBI’s, but he also secured his 12th straight game with a hit, the longest streak on the Aces team this season.
On the mound the Aces started AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State). Spencer was shaky but battled through four tough innings and left with the lead. Evan Acosta (Western Kentucky) went three scoreless relief innings to secure the win. Acosta gave up just one hit and struck out four batters in yet another strong appearance out of the bullpen. Acosta began the season as a starter for Alexandria, but after struggling has seen a rejuvenation out of the pen.
The Aces next contest will be Saturday night against the Bethesda Big Train; with Alexandria needing a big win in order to keep pace in the south division. If you can’t make it to Frank Mann Field for first pitch at 7pm, you can either follow along on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces) or tune in to Aces Radio for every pitch of the pivotal matchup.
Author: Jack Milewski
The Aces tied their season high in runs yesterday, putting 13 on the board against the Express – the same team they faced in their previous 13-run game, on June 8. The win was the Aces’ fourth in a row, moving them to 20-13 on the season. They remain in second place in the South Division, 2.5 games behind the Big Train. Tonight, they face off against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, who are 18-12 and in second place in the North Division. The Aces and T-Bolts split their first two meetings, with the T-Bolts winning a 10-7 slugfest on June 10 and the Aces winning a pitchers’ duel, 1-0, on June 24.
Yesterday’s game featured two home runs: Chris Balogh (Boston College) hit a two-run shot in the fifth, while CRCBL’s Offensive Player of the Week, Mike Annone (Wilmington), crushed a grand slam in the sixth. The blast was Annone’s team-best fourth. He had an outstanding night at the plate overall, going 3-5 with six RBIs, doubling his previous high for RBIs in a game. He has not gone hitless in a game since June 30, a streak of 11 games, the longest for an Ace this season so far. The newest Ace, Shane Connahan (Elon), went 2-3 with an RBI, and Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb), Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State), Alex Stephens (Morehead State), and Jeffrey Crisan (Lipscomb) also had RBIs.
Starter Billy Lescher (UPenn) threw his best start of the season, giving up only one run on three hits while striking out five in six innings. Jack Hennessy (Catholic) and Nick Pedalino (UPenn) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Tonight, in a repeat of June 24’s pitching matchup, AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State – 2-2, 5.90 ERA) will go for the Aces while Andy Rozylowicz (0-2, 2.91 ERA) goes for the Thunderbolts. In that game, Spencer threw arguably the best start of his season: five hitless innings with seven strikeouts. Rozylowicz took the loss despite hurling eight innings of five-hit, one-run ball.
Author: Carolina Velloso
Powerful bats coupled with a great outing from Alexandria native, Billy Lescher (University of Pennsylvania), propelled the Aces to a 13-2 win over the Rockville Express. Alexandria notched its 20th win of the season, already eclipsing last year’s total of 19 wins.
Lescher tossed six strong innings yielding just one run on three hits. The Ivy League product struck out five on his way to his second win of the summer.
The Aces got their first run of the night in the second inning when Chris Balogh (Boston College) scored on the RBI-double from Jeff Crisan (Lipscomb University).
In a 1-1 tie through four and a half innings, the bats were kept silent. The Aces then exploded for a six run inning in the fifth to break open the game. Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb University) and Mike Annone (Wilmington University) both delivered RBI’s to open the inning. It was all capped off by a two-run homerun from Balogh. It was his first homerun of the summer season.
Just an inning later, the Aces were able to tack on four more runs on Annone’s grand slam to right-center field. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall University), Sorrells, and Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State University) scored on the shot from Annone.
Already leading by ten runs, Alexandria added a pair in the sixth to extend the lead to 13-1. McArthur led the inning off with a single followed by a walk to Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State University); both came around to score. Hulsizer grounded out to score McArthur and Annone singled to notch an RBI for the third consecutive plate appearance.
Jack Hennessy (Catholic University) threw a scoreless inning in the seventh, giving up just one hit. Christian Leckert (James Madison University) gave up one run in the eight. Nick Pedalino (University of Pennsylvania) threw the ninth giving up a run on two hits. He closed out the Express for the 13-2 win.
Annone, the current Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League Offensive Player of the Week, was a triple shy of the cycle. He went 3-for-5 at the plate to extend his hit streak to 11 games, the most of any Ace all season long. Annone contributed a season high 6 RBI’s, giving him a team high 23 on the year. Shane Connahan (Elon University) notched his second straight multi hit game, going 2-for-3, with a single, a double, and an RBI.
The Aces look to extend their win streak to five games tomorrow when the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts travel to Frank Mann Field. First pitch is set for 7pm. You can hear the action on Aces Radio or follow along on Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.
Author: Noah Reed
After a quick All-Star break, the Aces are back in action at home tonight against the Express. The teams will be playing for the final time this season, with the Aces sweeping their previous three games on June 8, June 28, and June 29. With two wins against the Herndon Braves on Sunday and a win against the Vienna Riverdogs on Monday, the Aces moved to 19-13 and are 2.5 games behind the Big Train for the lead in the South Division. The Express are 13-19 and in fourth place in the North Division.
The Aces will look to their offense as well as their pitching to propel themselves into the playoffs. Numerous Aces hitters have garnered recognition for their abilities. A.J. Spencer (Middle Tennessee State) was named the league’s Offensive Player of The Week for June 6-12, while Mike Annone (Wilmington) just received the same accolade for the week of July 4-10. Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb) earned the 2016 CRCBL Most Outstanding Player at last night’s All-Star Game.
Alexandria native Billy Lescher (UPenn – 1-0, 3.75 ERA) takes the mound tonight. He had one of his shakier starts his last time out, on July 6 against the Redbirds, tying his season high with four runs allowed on eight hits in four innings. Lescher has been consistently solid, however, allowing one earned run or fewer in three of his five starts. The Express have not yet announced their probable starter.
Author: Carolina Velloso